Author: Travis Babcock

Boston Celtics Draft Prospect Profile: Grayson Allen

With the draft a short week away, the Boston Celtics begin to turn their attention toward the young athletes looking to make the leap into the league. Headlining the draft are the likes of Duke forward Marvin Bagley, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, and international guard Luka Doncic. These are the players garnishing most of the buzz as mock drafts begin winding down and top 100 rankings start clearing up. Boston holds the 27th pick and has reportedly narrowed down their field of prospects to around 10 players. Perhaps the most interesting of the prospects the team has worked out is...

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Kyrie Irving Happy in Boston, Focused on ‘Redemption Year’

Concerns about Kyrie Irving’s future in Boston arose due to his decision not to resign with the team this summer. There are some who speculate that because of this Irving is a “flight risk.” These views could not be further from the truth. The Interview Kyrie Irving sat down with the Boston media on Tuesday to discuss his plans moving forward. He spent the entirety of the meeting gushing about the team and his excitement heading into next season. His main focus is on staying healthy and doing what he can to help the team contend for a championship. He...

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Kyrie Irving Readdresses Future with Celtics

It’s been just a day since Kyrie Irving caused a storm of rumors centered around his future with the Celtics. Monday he spoke once more on the topic. In an interview with Boston Sports Journal Irving expressed his excitement to get back on the court next season and play with a completely healthy group.

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David Price is Back

The Red Sox have been on a tear to start the season, sitting behind the Yankees by mere percentage points while owning the most wins in baseball. Offense has been the talk of the town for this Sox team, as the team leads the majors in runs, hits, and batting average. They are second in home runs and RBIs, trailing only the Yankees. As fantastic as MLB’s top offense has been through 65 games, they have received a lot of help from their All-Star pitching core in Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, and David Price. Price’s Hot Streak http://bostonsportsextra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Price-StrikeoutTrim.mp4 No...

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Celtics Concerned about Kyrie Irving’s Upcoming Free Agency

When Kyrie Irving sat down with the Cavaliers in the summer of 2017, he gave Dan Gilbert a list of several teams he wished to be traded to.  The New York Knicks, a franchise Irving has reportedly long sought after and even told his former teammates about, topped that list. Kyrie was ultimately traded to the Boston Celtics, one team not on the list Kyrie gave to the Cavaliers.  However, it’s widely presumed he added the Celtics prior to the trade. Early Irving When the Celtics took on Kyrie they knew that they only had two seasons to convince...

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LeBron James Set to Meet with Celtics

Earlier today Stephen A. Smith stated on ESPN First Take that LeBron James will meet with seven teams this summer. One of these teams are the Boston Celtics, a franchise LeBron has routinely terrorized in his distinguished career. The Top Contenders The end of LeBron James’s tenure in Cleveland is drawing closer by the day. It is widely speculated that after the conclusion of the NBA Finals this year LeBron will join a new team to finish out his career. The most widely speculated belief is that he will make his way to the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles....

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Terry Rozier’s Days in Boston Are Numbered

The Birth of Scary Terry Terry Rozier made quite the name for himself in the 2018 postseason. He took over for injured star Kyrie Irving and played a major role in Boston’s deep playoff run. The Celtics got within one win from the NBA Finals behind stellar team basketball and a few individual big-time performances from the young guard. Entering the postseason Rozier had played in a total of 22 playoff games, starting in none. He took over as the floor general for the team with only 16 starts to wind down the season. In the 19 playoff games...

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The Celtics are Interested in Mo Bamba

There are reports that the Celtics are interested in Texas big man Mo Bamba. Boston is reportedly willing to move up moving up in the draft to take him. Bamba is a 6’11” prospect with a record-breaking 7’10” wingspan. The Prospect Considered the most NBA ready rim protector in his draft class, Bamba has the highest ceiling out of every prospect this year. He averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and an absurd 3.7 blocks per game in 30 appearances for Texas as a freshman. He possesses good lateral quickness for a guy his size, making him a deadly offensive...

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Marcus Smart’s Impending Free Agency

Immediately following Boston’s Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Marcus Smart was asked about his future with the team. Marcus Smart: "I got a lot to think about. There’s a lot of factors that go into it. But that being said, I want to be in Boston. I want to be here. I love this city, I love this team, I love the atmosphere it gives off. I’ve been here for four years. My heart’s here." — Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 28, 2018 With the Celtics’ season over, the team will shift their focus to...

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Cavs, Celtics Set for Showdown in Game 7

Well, here we are folks. The two greatest words in sports: Game Seven. The Celtics versus the Cavaliers. LeBron James will get his shot at an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals as the two teams square off in Boston on Sunday, May 27th. The Celtics will do all they can to prevent a fifth straight loss at the hands of LeBron and reach the Finals for the first time since 2010. Cleveland Takes Game 6 LeBron James put on a clinic in Game 6, dropping 46 points to go along with 11 rebounds and nine assists. The Cavaliers...

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LeBron is Tired and the Cavs Are Dead

Following Cleveland’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 loss to the Celtics, LeBron James was asked about his level of exhaustion. “I had my moments. I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down.” LeBron James is turning 34 in December of this year. He led the entire NBA in minutes played this season. James currently leads all players in postseason minutes played. He has played long into the postseason for most of his career, making it to an absurd seven straight Finals. The man has every reason to be exhausted at this point. LeBron Needs a Break LeBron has...

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Marcus Smart Snubbed from All-NBA Defensive Team

Yesterday the NBA announced their All-NBA Defensive teams. The Celtics’ very own Al Horford made the All-NBA Defensive second team. Though all names on the list were well deserving of the award, the one glaring name that was left off was Marcus Smart. Marcus Smart is a Top Defender Arguably the top defender on the league’s best defense, Marcus Smart has consistently been the team’s energy guy, bulldog, and tone setter. He makes hustle plays and does the dirty work for the team, diving on loose balls and always playing physical. He is constantly communicating on defense, directing the team...

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LeBron, Cavs Send Message with 116-86 Pummeling over Celtics

With their backs against the wall, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals 116-86. Cleveland dominated from start to finish, led by LeBron’s 27 points and 12 assists. The biggest story in this game was the play from Cleveland’s supporting cast. As the saying goes- role players play better at home. George Hill set the tone early, scoring 11 first quarter points on his way to a 13 point, three rebound game. A total of six Cavaliers scored in double figures. Kevin Love produced 13 points and 14 rebounds. Tristan Thompson was...

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Al Horford: The Celtics’ Pillar of Success

In a league full of high-flying athletes, dazzling handle displays, flashy passes, and awe inspiring highlight real dunks, it is inevitable that Al Horford would be overlooked. When people watch the Celtics, they see Kyrie Irving performing magic with the ball. They see Jaylen Brown slam home highlight reel worthy breakaway dunks. Fans might catch a Jayson Tatum finesse move at the rim finished off with a rim-rocking jam. They will also see plenty of big time Terry Rozier three pointers. What they won’t necessarily see is everything Al Horford does to make these things happen. Fans won’t see Al set...

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